There are five very harmful chemicals commonly found in store-bought moisturizers that are shown to be extremely detrimental to the health of the human body. In this blog post we're running through the five biggest culprits, as well as giving you a non-toxic facial moisturizer recipe using essential oils that you can make at home! Our recipe is perfect when heading into the cooler fall and winter months due to its highly nourishing, moisturizing and fast-absorbing properties.
Parabens are almost everywhere you look in the beauty industry. And for good reason. Parabens are essentially mimicking agents that are used as preservatives in makeup and body care products; their purpose is to stop bacteria, yeast and mold from growing in those products, thus extending their shelf life. But there are downsides to parabens…
Did you know? Parabens are known to mimic estrogen, and are commonly found in breast cancer tissues. There is a suggested link between parabens in personal care products and cancer.
Artificial colors are used to imitate natural color, and are typically derived from petroleum and/or coal tar sources. Some artificial colors can be carcinogenic and skin irritants.
Tip! Look for FD&C or D&C on product labels to determine if a product contains synthetic colors.
Fragrance contains a plethora of harmful chemicals and is a bigger offender than many realize. Almost all personal care products contain fragrance. Unfortunately, fragrance has been linked to respiratory and reproductive issues and increases a users chances of experiencing allergic reactions and immunotoxicity.
Phthalates is a group of chemicals that are typically used to increase the malleability of plastics. They are commonly found in nail polish, lotions and hair products. Phthalates have been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and more.
Formaldehyde is found is many lotions, cosmetics, soaps, deodorants, shampoos and more. It is mainly used as a preservative to protect against bacteria forming. It has been linked to skin irritation, nose and throat cancer and more.